tv [untitled] February 14, 2013 1:00pm-1:30pm EST
greek unemployment hits a grim new high according to figures revealing record levels of people out of work in the eurozone that after french economic woes drove a man to set himself on fire. the u.s. military wants those who carry out remote killings to take center stage by giving out battle accolades to soldiers operating american drones. and there's been no response from british police one week after a report revealed a shocking culture of neglect by hospital staff caused the deaths of hundreds of patients.
from a new center here in moscow this is r.t. with the online on screen twenty four hours a day. the pentagon wants those fighting us wars from a fall in the spotlight defense secretary leon panetta has announced the creation of a distinguished warfare medal it will be handed out to joystick wielding drone pilots who wage their battles without setting foot in combat zones really hard he's really going to explain to my colleagues what it takes to get the award. so your signature you have a joystick and you point click and then get an award essentially that's all it takes to get it together and medal which is supposed to rank higher than the bronze medal which is given out to people who actually perform combat duty but according to the pentagon criteria i'm going to cite it here it will be recognizing
a single act that directly affects the combat operation does not involve an act of valor and warrants that award higher than the bronze medal so instead of having to go to the front line and risk the extreme bloody violence there you can just sit in your recliner with a joystick and maybe a couple for example and just wage war from about a thousand miles away. perhaps there is a there perhaps there's a basic knowledge of the territory somewhere in the border between afghanistan and pakistan that's involved but let's compare it just sitting around basically just sitting at a base to doing something like something that was done by sergeant william stacey in two thousand and eleven he received a bronze medal a bronze a bronze star which is considered to rank below the medal that we're talking about now what he did was receiving fire along with his squad from ten or twelve and the fighters from five separate fighting positions though outnumbered stacy in his squad held back numerous flanking attempts and accurate and me grenades and large caliber fire. was hailed for questionably saving the lives of his marines this is
a citation from his award citation and he actually died in combat in january of two thousand and eleven so again this man apparently does a lot less than what a person sitting at an army base and pointing a mouse and clicking on their territory somewhere in the middle east superstores or bronze stars which as you say have not been. the main awarded with those they must have been praised for some very heroic deeds. you're talking about here yes the sergeant that was in question was actually doing something on the ground right now we're talking about drone strikes we're talking about. odds are very questionable by a lot of institutions specially human rights organizations that practice of protecting the united states and the world from terrorism as the pentagon you know you don't own a drone strikes. strikes where they target someone via satellite and via this brilliant camera on the drone they never hit civilians they only hit militants right that is
the official version but they even had they had to change that one which was which they have been rigged by them i mean the american officials the pentagon officials they stuck by that rhetoric for years until i think roughly two thousand and six when they had to acknowledge that yes indeed at least at the best half of the people who are being killed by the drone strikes actually innocent bystanders in fact there has been a research done by various universities there was a study from from the new york university school of law as well as stanford university law school and they have said that roughly all out of those killed only two percent are actually high importance targets that is those are the only two percent of people who are being killed are known terrorists ninety eight percent happen to be whoever it is very very disturbing numbers numbers are disturbing and i'm like to go back and remind you that now people who are doing this and who are basically responsible for it are going to be awarded
a medal that is going to rank higher than somebody who actually lay down his life on in the line of duty. what is really going to talk to my colleague research a little earlier well there are no wards for soybeans spying in the u.s. just yet but big brother is still watching. not just defense contract in the u.s. develop software that can predict people's behavior by using social networks report on that in just a few minutes from now. in bahrain the two year anniversary of the regime uprising has been marked by more death and violence a teenager has reportedly been killed in clashes between police and. protested the demonstrators say their demands to end discrimination and release all political prisoners have not been met well for more on this i'm not joined by human rights activists. he is in denmark well we're seeing on the second anniversary of the uprising a lot more violence but over the last two years what progress has actually been made well not
a lot of progress made in the last two years you know the king has assured the commission to monitor and don't remember him. but actually done he did not respect the recommendations i was on a mission the human rights violations i mean and as the anniversary now i'm a lot of violations and then we sort of use of force by a united police tear gas being fired after we are. shot has been using excessive they're going to part of stores we are incentive we're going to documented a case where a sixteen year old boy. so your guess what why are we seeing youngsters being killed in these protests particularly. well a lot of us you know they're going through the protesting and. they're protesting peacefully demanding gratz of the money. excessive use of force by the right right we've just started. these protests whether they were good
or they were all because of what most of the time they're in front of the scenes of . this in front of. us but the government and the opposition have at last decided to do some sort of negotiation talking off to two years. the opposition seems to be saying it's more of an empty gesture from the government but isn't it up to both sides to talk and the opposition should be positive in the approach made by the authorities well the opposition did go into the dialogue and then they said they wanted to set a mechanic for the company isn't that. one of the and we believe that it's not the right time for such a dialogue when you still have still. the. people are not being allowed to have their fundamental human rights and allowed to gather up and protest and write these are so its rights are not be. implemented by this. government and there is not
real platform for. for the dialogue and at the same time you have a lot of political prisoners you know the united states in two thousand. and. eleven you have prisoners political prisoners of human rights and it's inside the present and are very. also. international community governments and certainly you can also see it that you cannot have a real dialogue and you still have one of the opposition really isn't because at the end they have the right so do you feel you are actually getting support then from the likes of the u.s. and its western allies while no western allies thing. they should should be more more more. clear about their human rights management and we are where you can only stand on and have some concerns about the bahraini government and we need to have more sanctions we need to have more actions on the international community you know you getting that why you're getting that we're seeing support for the rebels in
syria for example but no support for the rebels in bahrain what why is that. you know i what it's human rights you know more than one of the united states is more and more concerned about the security and they have an interest in whether this same time. if you go if you go and what handed you it's you know but i mean the united states but i don't know what pressure to do here on earth and syria is the same thing. we are if you are in the middle of a conflict we think of the end human rights universe and we need to just for the fun and think and ok so you're saying that the u.s. interests are overriding any human rights issue what are those geopolitical interests that us have in particular there with bahrain i cannot basically speak on behalf of many political political. aspects about what's happening in bahrain and why don't the united states but with as you not only have to flee and that is
a very big security base for the united states but that we need to make a sort of balance between the one between between the between the security and the united states that they can stand with the sleeping but i mean and they're not to yes of course you're talking about that security base in bahrain is bahrain in some ways being used as a pawn in a game to put more pressure on iran for example yes for example. or or or for for about any government where they want to come about and maybe it was for some you know the content on going an agreement that they were going to it's going to be security security just very briefly how bad is this going to get in bahrain where the protests going to go we've seen regimes fall could we see something significant happening in bahrain just briefly well you know if this if this violations continue and but i don't know if there is no magical access happening but i don't know if it is protesters are not getting any and the treatment of this
use of gas this use of sometimes be used on daily basis this is. it happened there was a report that in a marketer going to be in order to have people tomorrow are now going to go ahead to the program about so we do not know it's a big security alert we go i'm just not willing to extend this international community is not. the western allies on the other so let me just and i like no i mean it's ok julie help me but and we are in the middle of you know but i don't know if you will. or i can't let our comment we'll have to leave it there thank you very much indeed the human rights activists there in denmark thanks for joining us live in our. one out of every four greeks including over half the country's young people are out of work at the moment that's according to the country's latest unemployment figures with the jobless rate more than double the european average social analyst panagiotis
a tourist doesn't see the country escaping its economic dark straits under current e.u. policies. our unemployment rate in greece guaranteed is twenty seven percent this rates of unemployment that europe has not seen since the nine hundred thirty s. and i think that more congress are also growing to follow in this path if we continue along the path chosen until now by the european union and the international monetary fund namely the us of austerity and even more wage cuts budget cuts we're just going to see more deterioration of the social situation in greece we are trapped inside it's a vicious circle on was staring. and recession and there's and with the karen pollitz is there is no way out and i think that this image of stability projected by the european union or of the i.m.f. in the sense that ok greece is doing well it's it's it's not real in reality the
euro zone has it's it's officially in a recession. that the debt crisis is not going to be result through austerity measures they are projecting that we we will reach the levels of dates that we had when they announced that we were never very serious and dramatic debt situation so what's there's nothing positive no positive signs. some are being driven to increasingly desperate measures due to the ongoing crisis across the continent a french man committed suicide by setting himself in foreign a job center in the city of norms forty three year old have been refused unemployment benefits in a country which is suffering its highest jobless rate for thirteen years while he tessa said he has the details. it said it reports that he had actually set a letter to some journalists saying that he was going to do this this week so the police had said that they had set of surveillance outside that employment agency
but they didn't manage to see him he was already on fire they said he had entered through a side street and therefore this tragedy had happened now the man did this after finding out that he he is no longer eligible for those unemployment benefits and this is not the first time it has happened in france in august we know that a fifty year old jobless man had done the same and this is a worrying sign for france for a country that has seen its unemployment rising for the past twenty months and this after a president had been elected on a campaign of jobs and growth so we haven't seen any improvements on this front so a lot has declared twenty thirteen as a battle for jobs he said that by the end of the year there would be he would be creating jobs for the french people however statistics show that by midyear the number is set to rise and let's not forget that more than three million french people this number does not include people who have quit the unemployment program because they simply have exhausted all their benefits similar to the case of the
man who had just burned himself and also those young people who had never registered or those who were in part time jobs if we look at the trend we've seen a lot of suicides and attempted suicides in countries like greece one of the hardest hit euro zone countries because of this eurozone crisis there's a general feeling of a still be in the country a lot of people going out in protest we've also heard of stories of suicides in italy another hard hit country so if we're looking at the trend that's happening in europe we hope it does not continue but we could see a lot more of expressions of dissatisfaction. and a picture of health still no action following an independent report into hundreds of needless deaths in the u.k. hospital with these scandals stood all people more from the head of another clinic claiming the same fate as we have more on that and other stories for you coming up after the short break this is all to life in moscow.
he continues here in r.t. one out of every four greeks including over half the country's young people out of work that's according to the country's notice unemployment figures with the jobless rate more than double the european average well for morning some joined by a former agree completely of the center left panhellenic socialist movement kaley eva thanks very much indeed for joining us over sixty percent of greek youth are unemployed what could be the long term effects of that and is there any sign of things getting better while it seems that it's getting worse not better this is the famous rescue of greece from the european union well we said
a few dime several times before the elections that this memorandum didn't seem to work it was a plan that had the wrong recipe although we had to make reforms and we had to try harder to follow the law and we i think we had the wrong plan and it doesn't seem to work out so really they say that we'll reach thirty percent of on the fly home and it means that while thousand people lose their jobs every day in greece this is starting to become a humanitarian crisis and i think it's something that no one expected to see in the european union you say a humanitarian crisis what sort of impact is it having now what are you seeing there in the country with the disillusion you people who can't get jobs. you see extreme poverty you see people that they tried to get a plate of food from the church we have two hundred fifty thousand people every day
trying to get to the church to find food we are talking about the young people that they want to find a job in greece the trying to leave the country we're talking about people that don't have access to primary health services and we're talking about things that no one expected to see and of course for bringing. us the safety net of. people trying to look elsewhere while neighboring countries on exactly good shape either are they so in some ways great people the youth are trapped in greece no where to go. exactly it's not easy and we're facing something that we never expected it seems that the plan for growth is taking two margin too long to take place so something has to change i do believe that germany has stuck to this plan and doesn't want to admit the mistakes where we listen every day of things that could have big been better for greece if the plan was better if they had made
a better estimation about what would happen but this is something that's not only numbers it's one thousand people human beings in the european union that lose their jobs every day this is creating an entire crisis inside. the plan for growth isn't it working because the greek finance minister has said that things could start recovering by october is he not right. we have to be optimistic but we do believe that the think things are starting to change because we create a better environment they trust those they see that we apply the changes and the reforms but this doesn't mean it's the right recipe this doesn't mean greece accepted everything because we believe it's the right plan. we said a lot of times that it was a wrong recipe for greece. the whole structure of our economy is very different from what the other countries of the e.u.
would believe that it is so they made a lot of mistakes we pointed out the mistakes that the think is that ok we have a better relationship they trust that greeks will follow the plan but the plan is not working so we have to start thinking in a different way but if a part of the recipe is throwing another five point six billion euros in aid to greece next month surely that's going to help us and. this is helping because we have to pay what we all saw the money that come in they go out saw we're just paying down debt so this means we have to start creating growth to keep money for people in greece to help young people everything is planned but it's not walking and we see that not in numbers we see next to us you see the pictures and the photographs from greece from greeks trying to get some food. it's a disgrace just finally briefly i would ask you should greece then leave the
eurozone would it be better off out of the eurozone just briefly. now but you're isn't it become a safety net your zones are to become get more europe inside and more politics not because not only gonna me so we have to have more europe not less the so that's not the problem the problem is you need more. changes and we need a safety net that we would expect to have inside the eurozone former greek m.p. eva kelly thank you very much indeed for joining us live here on r.t. good to hear your thoughts on this thank you. a week after shocking revelations of needless deaths in a british hospital there are still no signs of action the family and friends of hundreds of patients who died due to neglect calling for criminal action to be taken against those responsible and the former chief of another hospital says he was paid half a million pounds not to talk about a similar situation elsewhere on the sarah firth is been following the scandal. well in the latest twist we've seen an n.h.s. whistleblower come out and say that he was forced to quit after he'd raise concerns
about issues that he said endangered patient safety but this latest revelation comes on the back of the francis report that we saw last week now that was looking into the scandal that happened at mit stuff which hospital where it's thought more than a thousand patients could have died between two thousand and five and two thousand and eight as a result of inhumane and degrading treatment all of the warrant food stuff and hospital in september of two cents to date you just a disaster people you know to be probably still looking for the. those that was left. on the floor we've been there to breakfast time before that so we're just trying to look stupid. in the home to see still seems. to be she'd have to go
through what she's going through the n.h.s. whistleblower he says that he was confronted with many of the same decisions and concerns that were raised at mit started to hospital now he was the head of one of the hospitals a united lincolnshire hospital he was facing many of the same problems he claims the government targets that he refused to meet the fear that it would endanger patient safety meant that he then had to quit and was subject to a so-called secret gag to keep him quiet of the whistleblower who spoke out gary hall could talk to the culture there and oppression and certainly it seems that a lot of these problems have been going on i think many many years now i'm joined by the head one of the members of the n.h.s. a political party no your political party that's been formed people within the health care profession and they're all very concerned about what's happening. in the n.h.s. right now when the mid staffordshire scandal was revealed very much the rhetoric
from the government was that this was an exceptional case that this was if not a one of it was particularly bad and yet we're seeing one of the hospitals being investigated and it seems that nothing shocks just keep on coming east surprised at this no i'm not surprised at this wild stuff the trip was particularly bad there i've always been in the n.h.s. while most of the care has been fantastic over the years in such a complicated organization and such a large organization there will be such incidents and there have been for many years the real problem is that the n.h.s. and the government do not seem to be able to learn from the old inquiries that have been from thirty years ago the hospital advisory service would report and i think the same things are still going on now because said the chief executive of the n.h.s. david nicholson to resign have so far been resisted he says that he has nothing to
be as saying the of and that during his time presiding this is down to systematic failures so of course the people who are campaigning have been calling very hard for his resignation and say by he has resisted that. we will keep you updated online with more stories and videos at r.t. dot com in addition to what you see here on screen here's what's waiting for you at the moment. real torture doesn't mean just physical pain find out on our website how prisoners at guantanamo were driven out of the. constant playing of heavy metal. plus canadian law enforcers allegedly use their power against those to protect and investigation claim some missing and abused girls and women. to police more on that story on our web site right now.
security is tight in libya ahead of the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled the gadhafi regime borders with egypt will be shut for five days and some international suspended flights to the country there are growing calls for protests and the threat of possible street violence well let's talk about this situation with former m i five agent and joining us live on the the revolution about she's supposed to be a national holiday why are we seeing living authorities preparing for some kind of emergency. i think because we've seen an absolute mess left behind by the nato
invasion of libya which is what happened two years ago let's not mince words and that was problematic on so many levels not just the international legal level where suddenly aggressive war could be justified as humanitarian intervention even though it destabilized an entire country and results in many more deaths than could be prevented. we're also looking at a situation now where the country has lost its stability where there are reports coming out from independent journalists about militias still holding great swathes of the country and their power where we have competing fairly fundamentalist politician groups as well fighting over their territory without any of the promised ability wealth and democratic values that were suggested when nato went in so it's become such a mess in so many levels let me just quickly ask you you're saying the nato invasion is not what the libyan people wanted and isn't libya in the long term
better off without the death it wasn't justified bookit off he was an odious dictator who was brutal to distance yes but he was also someone who provided stability to a very unstable region and someone who provided a certain level of. egalitarian quality of life to the vast majority of his people what we're seeing now actually i think is is the west going in an asset stripping a country again we've seen this before and we'll see it again across north africa. by asset stripping us in the west going in to invest in the resources in that way doesn't the country actually benefit from that investment which will lead to prosperity and stability because everybody will benefit in the long term. over the old trickle down well i think that's been exploded already. ideology of economy what we're looking at now it is that the country is has major security problems. across the region with very similar to what we have now as well though it's.